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Heritage Month Grants

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits for Natural
Resources Heritage Projects and Events

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The Department of Arkansas Heritage

Deadline Date:

12/11/17 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations to plan and implement local programs and events related to the state’s heritage month. The purpose of this program is to foster enjoyment and awareness of Arkansas’ heritage. Projects must relate to the current year’s theme of natural resources conservation and stewardship.

About Heritage Month:

Since 1982, Arkansans have celebrated Heritage Month with festivals, special studies, concerts, nature walks, tours and much more. Arkansans host scores of events in communities across the state, all proudly proclaiming the message that Arkansas heritage is worth knowing and celebrating. Heritage Month grants are available each year to assist organizations and communities in holding Heritage Month events.

The May 2018 Heritage Month theme, “Off the Beaten Path: Explore and Enjoy Arkansas’s Natural Heritage,” will highlight the work of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), one of the divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. ANHC works to conserve the state’s natural landscape and biological diversity through research, stewardship of public lands and educational outreach.

In planning an event or program for Heritage Month 2018, think about the region surrounding your community. What natural landscapes offer activities such as birding, hiking, nature study or photography? In what ways does your region enjoy its natural areas and landscapes? What plants or animals are common in your area? Whatever you choose to present, plan an event that will honor your community and its people. Create something that will celebrate authentic Arkansas and make others want to come and explore your region’s natural heritage.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage has set these goals for Arkansas Heritage Month Grants:
-Promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas’s heritage
-Increase community-based and nonprofit groups’ abilities to create Heritage Month programs
-Make Heritage Month programs possible where they would otherwise not occur
-Foster cooperative efforts among organizations, businesses and government to increase the size or scope of events
-Create ongoing components to Heritage Month celebrations: a curriculum or teaching tool, exhibits, displays, a lively event that can recur, a photographic essay, a roadside exhibit, etc.

Evaluation Criteria:
-Your organization’s relationship to your local community
-The degree to which the proposed project reflects the Heritage Month theme for the current grant year
-The local or statewide impact of the project
-Whether the program results in an ongoing or lasting component
-The degree to which the project shows collaboration and cooperation among community organizations
-The degree to which the project will foster heritage tourism development
-Your organization’s mission and sources of income

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153435

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards can be up to $5,000 for a qualifying event.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur during the month of May.

Arkansas Heritage Month Grants will be disbursed and spent before June 15 of the grant year .

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization.

The applicant must not be an agency of local, county or state government. However, collaborative efforts, such as friends groups involving state agencies, are acceptable.

Grants will not be awarded to fund ongoing operating cost of the organization.

Heritage Month Grants will not:
-Fund academic research unless the research results in an ongoing component that can be shared by the community
-Be made to for-profit organizations or events, or directly to agencies of local, county, federal or state government (though collaborative efforts, i.e., friends groups, involving state government agencies are acceptable)
-Fund programs or events that disregard the need to preserve, protect or conserve historic sites, structures, artifacts and the environment, or are outside of accepted professional museum or environmental standards
-Fund infrastructure (bricks and mortar) construction, staff salaries (although contracted personnel may be paid with grant funds), travel by paid staff members (although travel for contracted personnel is allowed)
-Fund capital outlay (e.g., office equipment, computers, cameras and furniture)
-Fund ongoing operating costs of the organization.

Pre-Application Information:

A 1:3 match is required from the applicant. This means the applicant supplies at least one dollar for every three grant dollars. The applicant supplies one-fourth of the total project cost.

The match may be supplied from cash sources and/or in-kind contributions (volunteer hours, salaries or other contributed sources, or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions). Arkansas Heritage Month Grants may not be matched with funds from any other grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage or one of its agencies, or the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Applications must be submitted online no later than 4:30 PM, December 11, 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified in early March.

Grant recipients will be required to participate in an orientation program prior to receipt of award at a place and time specified by the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

About Heritage Month:

Guidelines and Application:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Application Access Code: Heritage18

Debra Fithen, Grants Manager at the Department of Arkansas Heritage
(501) 324-9158

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas